The UAE’s Minister of Culture announced yesterday plans to create the first UAE Pavilion at the 53rd exhibition of the Venice Biennale which is to run from 7 June through 22 November 2009. The decision represents the emergence of the UAE as a cultural hub.
“There is growing international awareness that individual Emirates- including Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah- have been welcoming cultural exchange on their soil with an impressive array of projects,” Minister Al Owais commented. “Now through its national pavilion, the UAE will take pride in sending its own work out to the world, showing visitors to the Venice Biennale that the UAE is a place of artistic ferment.
Serving as curator for the UAE pavilion is Tirdad Zolghadr, who is internationally recognized as a curator, critic and filmmaker. The UAE Pavilion will be designed through a partnership of Rami Farook, founder of the UAE’s Traffic design gallery, and the Belgian architectural collective of D’haeseleer & Kimpe & Poelaert.
Details of the featured artists and the exhibition will be announced in March 2009.